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Personal responsibility
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#1 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:18:47 PM(UTC)
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I've been reading Devery Anderson's The Development of LDS Temple Worship 1846-200, and came across this quote by President McKay on page 320.

One letter I dictated was to a woman in answer to her question about the wearing of garments while sunbathing. I said to her: "The wearing of the garment is a personal responsibility, and conditions that justify temporary removal should be determined by each person." - David O. McKay diary, Feb 1, 1960.

Things are a bit more explicit now with the instructions they read during a recommend interview, but it still comes down to personal responsibility.
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Hopkington Kalazan on 2/15/2014(UTC)
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#2 Posted : Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:58:30 PM(UTC)

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If you look at many things that are not actual doctrine, and even many that do touch upon doctrine I dare say you'll see variations of strictness and laxness. Depending upon the times, peoples and leaders requirements and interpretations do seem to vary some.

It has always been a personal choice and responsibility as are most aspects of the gospel. My personal views of the garments are that they serve a purpose of reminding us of our covenants. They are not designed or meant to be a requirement but merely a symbol for us. Wearing them often and frequently is important to keep this reminder in front of our minds, but that doesn't mean we must wear them 24/7 or anything like that.
"Modesty died when clothes were born."
---Mark Twain
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